The Enchantment Emporium (Gale Women #1)
Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms they cast. Then she receives word that she's inherited her grandmother's junk shop in Calgary, only to discover upon arriving that she'll be serving the fey community. And when Alysha learns just how much troubl...more
There's a big, loving, powerful, nosy, overprotective and very appealing family. There's a lot of amusin...more
It seems more and more that when I pick up a book looking for an Urban Fantasy I get paranormal romance. I suppose that I set the bar lower than some for deciding what is PNR. And at the risk of being stoned I find more often than not if it's a female author it's going to lean that way (not always I know. I kind of like Rob Thurman's Leandros series).
The idea behind this book sounded good and caught my interest. I went out and bought it based on r...more
Allie pulled a platter of pancakes out of the oven were they'd been keeping warm. "He needs to learn to pace himself."
Please correct me. But what I've learned from...more
Reasons why this book made me D-face: 1) Unexplained magic system. 2) Unexplai...more
But personally, I was bored. Once you get past the unnecessary and poorly-handled first chapter, which was probably intended to create some kind of total immersion im...more
Alysha, or Allie, is a third circle Gale. A little confused? I was too. Anyway, Allie is in deep, suddenly moving across country to find the cause of her Grandmother's sudden appearance.
Ok, so the magic in this world seems based on sex. They have everything going, the couples partner themselves up for the circle rituals, and then they have to hav...more
I loved how the story made me think and fit the pieces together myself - there was no info-dumping and I felt the author trusted that the reader was smart enough to connect the dots. Unusual by being a standalone story in itself (though I've since read Ms Huff has sold another book in the same world - yay!), and it was a well-told one, with sly humour thread...more
The Gales of southern Ontario can change the world with the charms they cast, and they prefer to keep all this power in the family. The Gale Aunties are in charge of this clan, or like to think they are. Alysha, like all her cousins, often finds herself beset with too many Aunties trying to run her life. So when a letter from her missing Gran arrives telling her that she’s inherited a junk shop in Calgary, Alysha is ready and willing to honor her grandmother’s last request to keep the shop open
I didn't know she was a writer herself. I didn't know her last name, and didn't connect the Tanya Huff whose books started showing up in our local bookstore with the Tanya who worked at Bakka, and who I saw at conventions. Sometimes you have to hit me with a baseball bat to get my attention :)
I've had the joy of watchi...more
I've not read any of Tanya Huff's other books, but I'm now going to be searching them out because of this one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The story moved along at a pleasantly steady clip, the characters were wonderful and intri...more
This was a fun read. The magic is funny, the romantic complications believable, and the Aunties are a hoot. The sex is non-traditional (not necessarily het, definitely not limited to monogamous), and is an important part of the magic system and the plot.
The first chapter was confusing--it sets up the...more
I'm still not sure how well I liked this book, though I did read it in two days (I was on vacation). I liked some of her characters, but there are a lot and I mean, probably too many in this one novel for any of them to be really deep. Besides Ally, everyone...more
Either Ms. Huff had a new editor or a very indulgent one because the beginning is an impressive minefield of wtfery. Yes, info dumps are brain numbing, but so is being thrown into the middle of an icy lake with just string bikini and a smile. This story would have benefited from a prolo...more
2. The story can't seem to make up its mind as to whether it's a story of two people finding each other or a story of saving the world. Of the two only one has a slightly satisfying ending.
3. There is a lot of sex in the book. Fortunately, it's implied rather than described in detail. Unfortunately, most of it is between cousins, which is not unheard of, but in most societies makes people a little s...more
So, what is about? A young woman that inherits a junk shop in Calgary from her grandmother, her gigantic ma...more
This is the first time I've read Tanya Huff, and there was much that I enjoyed about it. Allie inherits the Enchantment Emporium from her grandmother when her grandmother disappears and is presumed dead. Dragons, leprechauns, assassins, tabloid reports, and sorcerers pop out of the woodwork as a supernatural war breaks out. Allie, from an extended family of female witches, takes charge and tries to discover what happe...more
I really liked Allie and her crazy family. They seemed like a fun group to be around. There was so much going on within how the family works it was hard to grasp it. There w...more
Raised, for the most part, in Kingston, Ontario. It was the late sixties, early to mid seventies. Enough s...more